Support for Universal Human Rights Is an Absolute

Kim Petersen

A recent headline stated: “NDP Cautiously Differentiates Itself from Tories and Grits on Palestinian Human Rights.” The article made it seem as if there were a beacon of hope within the right-wing political scene of federal Canadian politics. The NDP (New Democratic Party) poses as a left-of-center party but its support for militarism, its staunch support of the racist regime in Israel, and its adherence to the capitalist system belie any pretense at left-wing politics.

An election is upcoming, and the article finds that NDP leader “Thomas Mulcair and [MP] Paul Dewar have taken positions on human rights for Palestinians in the last few weeks that differentiate them from both the Harper Conservatives and the Trudeau Liberals. Their statements are cautious, but positive. They will no doubt attract fierce criticism from the Israel lobby.”

The fact that a political party would cautiously differentiate itself from probably the most biased pro-Zionist party supporters of any nation state on the planet speaks poorly for any morally scrupulous political party.

Israel is about to bulldoze the West Bank town of Susyia. If Israel had occupied Newfoundland (which has been occupied by European invaders since John Cabot sailed by) and then proposed to bulldoze the small city of Corner Brook, would Canadian politicians of any stripe act with caution as to the sentiments of the Jewish Israeli lobby (to call it an Israel lobby is deceitful because the 20% of Palestinian-“Israelis” are not lobbying on behalf of Zionism)?

So what does the NDP’s cautious position on Palestinian human rights entail?


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